Humans of New York did not result from a
flash of inspiration. Instead, it grew from five years of experimenting,
tinkering, and messing up. The author Brandon said that if he had waited
until he had the idea for HONY, he would never begun HONY.
HONY represented an effort to photograph thousands of people on the streets of
New York City - 10,000, to be exact. The book includes some quotes and stories
but largely it represents the photographic origins of HONY.
"I hated God for a long time."
“I’m just waiting for summer.”
“I try to spew my thoughts for ten minutes everyday.”
"I’m always checking the Wikipedia pages of my idols to see where
they were at my age."
"This is my neighbor. She only speaks Mandarin, so we’ve never had a
conversation. But she’s brought me a handful of candy every day for 20
"Young children are in direct contact with reality. They experience
the world through their senses. But as people grow older, we start
thinking too much, and we form an ‘idea of reality.’ We lose contact
with reality itself, because reality isn’t an idea… it’s reality.
Luckily there’s LSD."
“When you yell at someone, who hears it more: you or them? You’re
only hurting yourself by getting angry. I want to live to be 100.
I haven’t raised my voice in 40 years.”